As the American army was gathering for an attack on Canada during the War of 1812 at Lewiston, New York, Ephraim Brown took a moment to write his brother Henry this letter on September 27, 1812.
On October 13, the American army crossed the Niagara River in the early morning and attacked the high ground at Queenston. Major General Isaac Brock was shot and killed along with his Aide-de-Camp John Macdonnell. After early success by the Americans at the Battle of Queenston Heights, the Americans retreated to New York as British soldiers, militia and indigenous allies arrived.
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